Completely revamping your bathroom and transforming it into something entirely new is a big decision. It’s a serious financial investment and you’ll also be living with the new design for years to come.
That’s why you have to get it absolutely right from the moment you start to make plans. Here are 10 things you should consider before remodelling your bathroom.
1. Safety First
Perhaps the most important point of all, as there is nothing more important than your own personal safety. Make a conscious effort to build a bathroom that’s safe for everyone who uses it.
Babies and toddlers may have different needs than seniors, but there are safety features like ground fault circuit interrupter outlets that keep everyone from being electrocuted. Make sure your bathroom is built to code with all the features to keep all ages safe.
2. Eco-Friendly and Sustainable
Why not plan ahead for the financial future and do your bit for the environment by looking at your bathroom remodel with an eco-friendly eye?
Recycled glass and wood will save money on fixtures, and a low-flow eco-friendly toilet will save money on your water bill.
3. Time & Inconvenience
Bathroom re-modelling always takes longer than most people expect. If you have one bathroom in your house, and you’re looking to renovate it from top to bottom, consider alternatives. You may want to find a hotel for a short time or showering at the gym.
4. Size and Space
Measure thoroughly before you begin renovations to determine what your bathroom space can hold. You may love the idea of a particular shower model or tub, but if it’s a 1/2 inch too long – you’ve got yourself a problem.
Measure, measure and measure again to confirm how big your bathroom really is, and not how big you want it to be.
5. Natural Light
Maximize the natural light in your bathroom, as this will allow for a bright, beautiful space. Consider widening windows, adding lots of mirrors, and installing frameless glass shower doors to help natural light flow throughout the room.
6. Careful Planning
Make sure that you plan meticulously before your begin your bathroom remodel. Don’t forget about the little things that can make a big difference when the room is complete.
Position hand towel racks where they can be accessed easily and leave enough room between the tub and toilet for a mop to access.
7. Shower Seat
Ever find yourself stumbling around in the shower while trying to shave your legs? A folding shower seat attached the bathroom wall can solve this problem, and will add safety to your shower enclosure too.
8. Storage Space
There’s nothing more frustrating than a bathroom with insufficient storage space. Install spacious cabinets and wide sinks that have plenty of room for toiletry products (for all household members).
9. Adequate Ventilation
A bathroom without adequate ventilation will build up mold and mildew in a matter of months. Make sure that there are plenty of ways for moisture to vent out of the room.
Put some padding into your budget. Make allowances for slight budget stretches here and there, but be careful not to go overboard or you could find yourself in dire financial straits some ways down the road.